PLA to host free "office hours" webinar for prospective Inclusive Internship host libraries

For Immediate Release
Mon, 12/23/2019


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO –The Public Library Association's (PLA) Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through III, students from diverse backgrounds are introduced to careers in librarianship, library mentors practice leadership skills, and host libraries grow new audiences through outreach and programming.

Applications for the 2020 III host libraries will open Monday, Jan. 6, and PLA will host a free "office hours"-style webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1–2 p.m. Central Time. During the webinar, PLA staff will review the application process, deadlines and program requirements. Participants will also hear from past III mentors who will share their insights and experiences from participating in this program. PLA staff and past mentors will be available to answer any questions your library has about applying to or participating in the program. Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Learn more and register for this webinar.

Applications for the 2020 III host libraries will close Monday, Feb. 3. Libraries will go through a competitive application process to be selected as a host site. Once selected, the library is responsible for recruiting an intern from a background representing the diversity of their local community. To receive a notification when the application opens, please complete this form.

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The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or